Overshadowed by the sexual harassment allegations against him, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is also being investigated by City Hall over a trip last month to Paris to attend a rally staged by Iranian dissidents.
City councilmembers, already calling for the 70-year-old Democrat to resign over sexual harassment allegations, are investigating his use of a city credit card on the trip and whether it was necessary to send two San Diego police officers as a security detail.
Filner released cost figures for the trip Thursday night.
His expenses--$9,839 for airfare, lodging, and meals--were paid by the Organization for Iranian-American Communities, a nonprofit group that supports greater democracy for Iran.
Filner was invited to speak at the annual rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Other political figures, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also attended. While a member of Congress, Filner attended the annual rally on several occasions.
The San Diego Police Department paid for Filner's security detail to follow him: $21,244 for airfare, lodging and meals.
In a statement, Filner said that along with attending the Paris rally, he also went to the city of Lille in the Nord Pas-de-Calais to tour facilities involved with energy and sustainability programs.
"Building and maintaining these international relationships will support several of the mayor's most important priorities for San Diego," said the statement.
Filner's then-fiancee traveled with him, paying her own expenses, Filner has said. The couple has since broken up.
According to an Iranian website, Filner introduced his fiancee as the "first lady of San Diego" and said that, in America and Iran, "it's the women who are going to set us free."
Seven women have come forward to publicly state that Filner sexually harassed them, and San Diego Democratic Party leaders have asked him to resign.